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for secretary of state. john boehner is meeting with president obama on the fiscal cliff as we speak. those are the headlines. tonight in "the war room," you'll get the story. ♪ which side are you on, boy ♪ ♪ which side are you on ♪ >> jennifer: let's start tonight with one of california's most significant contributions to the world... blue jeans! during the gold rush, bavarian immigrant began making durable cotton pants for miners seeking their fortune in the california hills. that man was levi strauss. now, 140 years later 450 million pairs of jeans are sold every year in the u.s. alone. now, you would think with that volume, the manufacturing process would be totally mechanized but actually a lot of it is still done by hand. a typical pair of jeans is made from 15 individual pieces, someone has to oversee cutting all of those pieces and sew them together and as you can see in this discovery channel documentary, the seams get ironed out flat then the zipper and the rivets are attached and finally, because who
without higher tax rates for the wealthy. >> obama: if we're going to raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with the very tough cuts that we've already made, and the further reforms and entitlements that i'm prepared to make, then we're going to have to say the rates on the top 2% go up, and we're not able to get a deal without it. >> jennifer: and jay carney piled on the g.o.p. plan. >> we don't know who pays. we don't know what we're talking about in terms of actual legislation to increase revenue. it's magic beans and fairy dust. >> jennifer: magic beans and fairy dust. those are fighting words--frilly fairytale fighting words but still fighting words and boehner came back with a few verbal jabs of his own saying, quote, if the president really wants to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff he has done nothing to demonstrate it. but even as the democrats pound him from the left, he is taking punches from the right. the leader of the right's rebellion is, of course, grover norquist. he said the president has installed himself at loyalty, and boehner is not being suffi
that obama won the election and he promised he was going to raise tax on the wealthiest and he said while it may be unpalatable there is enough sane people left to get it done." well, maybe there is hope afterall. joining me now from washington is republican strategist and author of the book "blackwards," ron christie. thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room" again. >> governor, it is nice to see you again. >> jennifer: all right. so do you think republicans have recovered from losing the election? >> well, i think we have. i think there's no question that although president obama got less of the popular vote than he did the last time around, his electoral college numbers went up. he won. but the other thing that i would say to you governor, is senate republicans, the american people voted for the status quo. they kept the republicans running the majority in the house of representatives to keep a check on the executive branch and so while we did take a shellacking in the presidential election, we still hav
consciousness. in his press conference president obama addressed that very issue. >> the idea we would say this is terrible this is tragedy, never again, and we don't have the sustained at attention span to get this done over the next several months doesn't make sense. i have more confidence in the parents that i have been meeting over the last several days all across the country from all political persuasions including a lot of gun owners who say you know what this time we have got to do things differently. >> jennifer: people of all political persuasions have re-examined their gun stance following the tragedigy at sandy hook. several senator and mayors have said they are at least open to reconsidering their positions. whether the promise stands the test of time though is yet to be seen and one man who might be able to help us answer that question is representative jack kingston. congressman welcome inside "the war room." >> thank you governor and it's great to be here but certainly a sad occasion but i appreciate the opportunity. >> jennifer: likewise i really appre
to go? >> virginia went for president obama in the presidential election by about three points. polls showed that by a 9% margin despite huge, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures on virginia by the nra voters in virginia preferred president obama's approach on guns to mitt romney's by 9 points. so i think there's definitely a popular sentiment in virginia that we need to do something. >> john: josh, i realize americans love guns the way the rest of the world loves soccer but it is encouraging to hear how nra members support closing the gun show loophole and sensible background checks. i thank you for the terrific reporting you've done for think progress. josh israel, political reporter for think progress. >> thanks very much. >> john: coming up, do you remember the scene in the bible where jesus side loads of shotguns and says say hello to a real peace make summer me neither. that ain't in the bible. although some think that's exactly what happened. plus women can be wounded in combat
everything invested in this. >> obama: i've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. so you should keep your eye on who gets some correct this year. there are going to be some members of congress who get 'em and on don't. >> jennifer: that was president obama at the connect toy factory factory. he was warning congress they might end up on the naughty list. and he asked republicans to extend the bush era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000, but not for those making more. echoing the holiday theme with this grinch like association. >> let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> jennifer: stalemate. didn't we just start talking? oh wait, he's just posturing right? to sort out the latest tough talk from the posture is michelle bernard founder of the bernard center center for women public policy. welcome back inside "the war room," michelle. >> thank you. >> jennifer: so, how serious is the stalemate that speaker boehner announceed today? >> i was listening to that sound bite a second ago and i don't know if i want to cry or if i want to laug
the making begin >> jennifer: president obama is trying to lead us away from the fiscal cliff but he's not getting many republican followers. the white house's latest offer keeps the bush tax cuts intact for those making less than $400,000. that's twice the income level that president obama calls for during his re-election campaign. it also limits increases for social security benefits. the cpi the inflation the consumer price index inflationary automatic adjustments upward. house speaker john boehner says it's a no-go and he's trying to take matters into his own hands. ow our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make a million dollars or less. and have all of their current rates extended. >> jennifer: i'm thinking that it is probably because boehner wants to say that he can -- he wants to protect millionaires and treat millionaires just like the rest. anyway the bottom line is that we're here with donnie fowler, he's joining us now to break down the politics of this. donnie fowler is the ceo of his firm dog pa
, michigan late this afternoon. >> obama: what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages. these so-called right to work laws have everything to do with politics. >> nice work mr. president, reelection beginning to look good on you. and michigan's workers are forging ahead. tomorrow thousands of protesters are set to desecond on the capitol of lancing. two school districts have canceled classes because of these protests. today we got a preview. members of the nurse's union appeared with duct tape over their mouths. they blamed not only legislatures, but rick snyder who did a 180 on the issue. >> people are upset. people feel they have been taken advantage of, and the governor ises are ponsable. >> a new did you seems to back up that claim. it shows the michigan republican chairman describing how back in 2007 they decided not to introduce legislation because they didn't think they could get it by governor granholm. well, i promise you, they didn't think they could get it by her. michigan now has receiver strong leaders in congress. they ask
obama laid out how he is going to proceed, at least generally dur vizual last night. >> i would use by power to help an effort aimed at preventing tragedies like this. because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this a as routine. >> jennifer: i'm glad he mentioned mental health because for too long our focus has been to react to gun laws. but there is more to. obviously not all people with mental health issues are violent, but the difficulty with these subjects is that people generalize and we have to be really careful with our language, but without the right treatment some people are going to be prone to violent acts. well this country takes care of its own, and it's time that we start taking care of those in need to mental health treatment. there should not be a difference between the way we look at mental health and the way we look at physical health. it's all part of the same body. states cut $1.8 billion from mental health services during the recession. as the governor of michigan we had to cut too. well, the future is not encouraging. if con
% of south carolina angels approve of the barack obama which is higher than the governor's rating. but that same poll shows among registered voters that number is flip-flopped 49% disproved for the president. there is an opportunities for democrats. they have to get the voters registered. the people who would vote for candidates like that are here they live here. they are just not registered stovote and they haven't voted. >> all right. well are i think it's an interesting, i would say from my side of the spectrum, it's age interesting opportunity. it might mean that there are some cracks in the conservative armor of south carolina a little bit. adam beam, i appreciate you coming inside the war room. adam is political reporter for the state newspapers in south carolina. up next from sim poseymposiums -- symposia on the evils of clemency to the surprising amount of research they have accrued on the sexual lives of teenagers, the heritage foundation is a right-wing kool-aid-drinkers paradise. we will look at jim demint's new home a closer look next on t
leadership. we just overwhelmingly re-elected president obama and senator debbie stabenow. pro-woman, pro-worker people. that's what this state wants and that's not what we're getting in the executive office right now here in michigan. >> jennifer: i know that you have to be -- you and your senate colleagues, have to be pulling your hair out. i know you've been in the minority in the senate for awhile. you were in the minority when i was there but at least we had a house as a backstop. now this ramrodding of stuff through the legislature has got to take a toll, i would imagine on senate relations. how are they? >> there's no question that there is nothing more divisive that this governor could have pushed through in a lame duck session. in any part of session but doing it during lame duck is especially gut-churning because we saw seven republicans lose their seats in the last two years because people reject this kind of extreme divisive agenda. it is like they drop an atomic bomb on the place. no one should be su
are discouraged and you are feeling we just reelected barack obama, what the heck is going on? you have to get involved yourself. go down and join your local democratic party in your county or town. i can guarantee you if you show up at next month's meeting of the county or town democrats, there won't be ten people there. bring ten of your friends and you will become your county's democratic party. >> jennifer: and a lot of them will be old people and they will be so happy to see young people coming in too. >> yes they will. we moved up north to [ inaudible ] county, and when we moved up there, back in the early part of the last decade, there was a total of four dues paying members of the democratic party in northern michigan so my wife and i went to work on this, and within a year we had almost 300 members of the dues paying party. so you can make this happen. we hold the power -- >> jennifer: i got to inject something, though. because in antrum county in northern michigan, it is a conservative area, and michael and his wife kathleen have come in and invigorated the
in a room to hash this out. >> obama: will speaker boehner and i speak frequently. >> when will the two of you sit down in a room. >> obama: i don't think the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room. >> jennifer: he's totally right by that, by the way. president obama reiterated that he's on board with entitlement reform and cuts but the republicans have to budge on tax rates for the wealthy. harry reid had this for the republicans. >> i sympathize sympathize with john boehner. the tea party has a firm grip on the republican party. we are not going to twist ourselves into contortions to please a vocal minority of the tea party. >> jennifer: that's fascinating a new approach for harry reid feeling sorry for john boehner. i'm not sure how john boehner feels about that. with me is karl frisch in washington and donny welcome back inside "the war room"." >> it's a party. >> jennifer: yeah, all good stuff. karl i'll start with you. how should democrats be handling this tea party revolt? should they do more to assist speaker boehner? >> we should be throwing gas on the fire. this is a
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